Big Country Audubon Society

Sightings

May 21, 2011 – Maddin Prairie (Mitchell County)

Number of species:     40

  • Northern Bobwhite – 15
  • Turkey Vulture – 10
  • Swainson’s Hawk – 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 2     One of the birds was a Krider’s Red-tailed.
  • Mourning Dove – 12
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo – 3
  • Greater Roadrunner – 1     heard only;
  • Common Nighthawk – 12
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker – 3
  • Olive-sided Flycatcher – 1
  • Least Flycatcher – 1
  • Ash-throated Flycatcher – 8
  • Western Kingbird – 2
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – 12
  • Bell’s Vireo – 2
  • Chihuahuan Raven – 2     Very vocal birds. Kirsti is pretty sure they’re nesting.
  • Barn Swallow – 2
  • Cliff Swallow – 250
  • Cave Swallow – 20
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 2
  • Verdin – 1
  • Bewick’s Wren – 2
  • Northern Mockingbird – 12
  • American Redstart – 1     I believe this bird was an immature male. It had a single black spot on the breast. We all got great looks at it along the creek on that runs through Maddin Prairie.
  • Cassin’s Sparrow – 30
  • Lark Sparrow – 12
  • Grasshopper Sparrow – 8
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow – 1     Very late!
  • Northern Cardinal – 10
  • Pyrrhuloxia – 1
  • Blue Grosbeak – 1     heard only;
  • Painted Bunting – 15
  • Red-winged Blackbird – 3
  • Eastern Meadowlark – 10
  • Western Meadowlark – 3
  • Common Grackle – 3     Flew over
  • Brown-headed Cowbird – 5
  • Bullock’s Oriole – 6
  • House Finch – 2     heard only;
  • House Sparrow – 1     Flew by along CR 125.

Sighting by Jay Packer, Amy Packer, Kirsti Harms and Dan Symonds.

May 5, 2011 – Cedar Gap Farms

During our year end potluck get together at Cedar Gap Farms, we were treated to a trio of bunting species.

Number of species:     19

  • Wild Turkey – 1
  • Mourning Dove – 3
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird – 2     male;
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird – 2     male;
  • Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird – 3     female;
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 5
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) – 1
  • Chipping Sparrow – 5
  • Clay-colored Sparrow – 1
  • Lark Sparrow – 2
  • Summer Tanager – 2     male; female; first of season;
  • Northern Cardinal – 15
  • Blue Grosbeak – 1
  • Lazuli Bunting – 5     male; female; excellent looks, coming into feed repeatedly. Earlene Hutto says that she sees this bird nearly every year during migration.
  • Lazuli x Indigo Bunting (hybrid) – 1
  • Indigo Bunting – 2     male; female;
  • Painted Bunting – 7     male; female;
  • Red-winged Blackbird – 6
  • Brown-headed Cowbird – 2
  • House Finch – 2
  • Pine Siskin – 30     Very large numbers of birds coming into the feeder

Sightings by all who attended.

April 2, 2011 – Hord’s Creek Lake

Location:     Hords Creek Lake

Number of species:     54

  • Blue-winged Teal – 3
  • Northern Shoveler – 2
  • Green-winged Teal – 1
  • Double-crested Cormorant – 1
  • American White Pelican – 17
  • Great Blue Heron – 3
  • Turkey Vulture – 20
  • Northern Harrier – 2
  • Red-shouldered Hawk  – 1     heard only;
  • Swainson’s Hawk – 2
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 1
  • American Coot – 100
  • Killdeer – 3
  • Greater Yellowlegs – 1
  • Least Sandpiper – 20
  • Baird’s Sandpiper – 15
  • Wilson’s Snipe – 2
  • Ring-billed Gull – 2
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove – 6
  • Mourning Dove – 12
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird – 10
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker – 2
  • Eastern Phoebe – 3
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – 5
  • White-eyed Vireo – 3
  • raven sp. – 1
  • Barn Swallow – 12
  • Cave Swallow – 50
  • Carolina Chickadee – 8
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 12
  • Rock Wren – 1
  • Bewick’s Wren – 12
  • House Wren – 1
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 2
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 3
  • Northern Mockingbird – 20
  • Orange-crowned Warbler – 1
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) – 1
  • Spotted Towhee – 5
  • Cassin’s Sparrow – 1     first of season;
  • Clay-colored Sparrow – 4
  • Field Sparrow – 10
  • Vesper Sparrow – 10
  • Grasshopper Sparrow – 1
  • Song Sparrow – 1
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow – 1
  • Swamp Sparrow – 6
  • White-crowned Sparrow – 20
  • Northern Cardinal – 15
  • Red-winged Blackbird – 15
  • meadowlark sp. – 2
  • Common Grackle – 10
  • Brown-headed Cowbird – 4
  • House Finch – 4
  • Pine Siskin – 2
  • House Sparrow – 6

Sightings by Jay and Amy Packer, Dan and Maria Symonds, Bera Johnson, and Cherrie-Lee Phillip.

January 22, 2011 – Waste Water Treatment Plant

Number of species:     47

  • Greater White-fronted Goose     21
  • Gadwall     30
  • Mallard     8
  • Blue-winged Teal     8
  • Northern Shoveler     40
  • Northern Pintail     50
  • Green-winged Teal     20
  • Canvasback     4
  • Redhead     4
  • Ring-necked Duck     10
  • Lesser Scaup     2
  • Bufflehead     40
  • Ruddy Duck     20
  • Double-crested Cormorant     20
  • American White Pelican     4
  • Northern Harrier     2
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk     1
  • Red-tailed Hawk     1
  • American Kestrel     1
  • Merlin     1
  • American Coot     500
  • Sandhill Crane     22
  • Killdeer     2
  • Long-billed Dowitcher     12
  • Bonaparte’s Gull     10
  • Ring-billed Gull     25
  • Rock Pigeon     15
  • White-winged Dove     10
  • Mourning Dove     20
  • Eastern Phoebe     2
  • Say’s Phoebe     1
  • Loggerhead Shrike     1
  • Chihuahuan Raven     1
  • Eastern Bluebird     2
  • Northern Mockingbird     2
  • European Starling     23
  • Vesper Sparrow     20
  • Savannah Sparrow     50
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow     5
  • White-crowned Sparrow     20
  • Northern Cardinal     2
  • Red-winged Blackbird     500
  • Eastern Meadowlark     60
  • Common Grackle     20
  • Great-tailed Grackle     40
  • American Goldfinch     12
  • House Sparrow     30

Sighting by:  Kim Berry, Kathy Hampton, Kathy Millar, Larry Millar, Wayne McCormick, Dan Symonds, Joe Thompson